Connected Car Over the Air Updates Not a Sure Thing

Connected Car Over the Air Updates Not a Sure Thing

November 28, 2016 — Is a potential battle looming between automakers and tech firms with the government over security issues with over-the-air updates made possible by connected car technology? Billions of dollars are at stake for automakers, technology firms and even dealers, but comments from various government officials over the last several months indicate OTAs… Continue Reading

TBR 2016 3rd Quarter Report on Dealership Buy-Sell Activity

TBR 2016 3rd Quarter Report on Dealership Buy-Sell Activity

Dealership buy-sell activity rebounded in September and October following a slow second quarter and should remain brisk for the foreseeable future. With 17 fewer transactions through the end of the third quarter, the 2016 pace is slightly off what was a record year in 2015, according to data compiled for TBR’s 2016 Third Quarter Dealership Buy-Sell Report. (Subscribers…

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TBR’s 2016 3rd Quarter Automotive Retail Vendor M&A Update

TBR’s 2016 3rd Quarter Automotive Retail Vendor M&A Update

October 25, 2016 – Automotive retail vendor merger and acquisition activity slowed slightly in the third quarter with only nine deals and investments announced bringing the total for the year to 25, according data compiled by The Banks Report. The third quarter review provides TBR’s outlook for the fourth quarter along with a recap of all…

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Reynolds and Reynolds’ Quiet Acquisition Strategy

Reynolds and Reynolds’ Quiet Acquisition Strategy

October 16, 2016 —  With eight acquisitions over the last 13 months along with one significant investment that closed in late September, Reynolds and Reynolds quietly has been one of the more active buyers among automotive retail vendors. On the surface, the strategy appears a bit disjointed and is even taking Reynolds outside the confines of the…

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NY-Based P/E Firm Executes Roll Up Strategy

NY-Based P/E Firm Executes Roll Up Strategy

September 8, 2016 — CIP Capital, a New York-based private equity company new to the automotive retail space, is putting together a unique strategy acquiring four companies and combining them to create Affinitiv Inc. a new technology marketing firm. While other companies have executed roll up strategies in the past (Cox Automotive, DealerTrack, Dealersocket and HGGC are a few…

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Amazon’s Automotive Retail Play — Is It About the Data?

Amazon’s Automotive Retail Play — Is It About the Data?

August 28, 2016 — Amazon.com surprised the automotive industry last week rolling out Amazon Vehicles, an extension of its Amazon automobiles portal. The question is, how does Amazon’s strategy affect automotive retail? The answer for now is, it doesn’t. But it will depending on what Amazon’s next move is. The initiative is the first step of a…

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CDK Grows Share of DMS Market as Margins Increase

CDK Grows Share of DMS Market as Margins Increase

August 12, 2016 — Perhaps the most striking data point from CDK Global’s recent earnings filing is that it is gaining share of the overall North American dealer management system market while also growing the average amount from those contracts. CDK also announced strong results for its 2016 fiscal year along with an agreement with activist investor Elliott Partners to increase the… Continue Reading

TBR’s 2016 Mid-Year Automotive Retail M&A Report

TBR’s 2016 Mid-Year Automotive Retail M&A Report

July 18, 2016 — TBR’s mid-year report on automotive retail vendor M&A activity recaps the 14 acquisitions that occurred the first six months of the year. The report also provides TBR’s outlook for the rest of the year on who the buyers and sellers are, and what deals may be in play. RECAP With 14 acquisitions this year,…

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How FCA’s Sales Scheme was Different Than Typical ‘Punching’ Practices

How FCA’s Sales Scheme was Different Than Typical ‘Punching’ Practices

July 19, 2016 — As news leaked yesteday that the FBI and SEC is investigating Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for possible sales fraud, a key question kept popping up in conversations — how is what FCA allegedly did any different than what other automakers do when it comes to reporting sales? For years — even decades —… Continue Reading